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Court gives ex Bank Director’s son 30 days to vacate bank’s property

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An Abuja High Court has given the son of a former Executive Director with ASO Savings and Loans Plc, Maimuna Aliyu Sanda, Aliyu Sanda thirty days to vacate a property belonging to the bank on ground that he had refused to pay for the said property.

The order was sequel to suit filed by Nature Assets Limited , a Company being promoted by Aliyu Sanda.

The plaintiff had brought the action claiming that by virtue of a Deed of Assignment executed in its favourby the Mortgage Bank, it has become entitled to the ownership of a duplex situate at House A6, ASO Grove Estate, Plot 3111 Cadastral Zone F04, Mpape, Abuja .

It however prayed the Court to restrain the bank from evicting it from the Property based on the foregoing.

The Mortgage Bank, on its part, contended that although the Property was offered to the Plaintiff through his mother, Maimuna Aliyu and the Plaintiff has been in possession thereof in view of the influence of Maimuna Aliyu, no form of payment whatsoever has been made for same Property.

Delivering ruling, the trial judge, Justice V. Venda held that despite the fact that an offer was made to the Plaintiff for the Property and a Deed of Assignment issued in contemplation of payments, the Plaintiff has not made any payment whatsoever for the Property.

He however ordered plaintiff to effect a purchase payment of N200 Million for the Property within 30 days.

The court restrained the Bank from forcefully evicting the plaintiff from the Property.

The court further ordered the Plaintiff to pay The Mortgage Bank an additional sum of N5 Million being cost of the suit.

“The court had nevertheless ordered the Plaintiff to pay for same property within 30 days as stated in Para (b) above.

“The Bank is reviewing the Court Judgment with its Solicitors and would shortly take appropriate decisions in due course.

It will be recalled that only recently a Federal High Court in Maitama, Abuja dismissed a no case submission made by Maryam Sanda, Maimunat’sdaughter accused of killing her husband, BilyaminBello and ordered her to enter her defence.

The case, has, however, continued to suffer setback as the trial judge, Justice Halilu Yusuf, has since May 2019, been involved in election tribunal assignment in Ogun state.

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‘Atiku’s witness: Election results mutilated in Borno to favour Buhari’

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‘Atiku’s witness: Election results mutilated in Borno to favour Buhari’

Prosecution Witness 23 in the ongoing hearing of a petition filed against the February 23 election which produced President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, told the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja that all the results sheets in Borno State were mutilated to favour Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and his party had approached the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the election.

The witness, who was collation agent for the PDP, Nicholas Msheliza, added that virtually all the result sheets from the various local governments in the state were mutilated.

He equally stated that there was zero accreditation of voters in over 200 polling units out of the 3,933 statutory polling units in the state.

He further told the tribunal that there were a total of 5,078 voting points, including the polling units.

Msheliza also said the total votes of 911,786, declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was well over the accredited voters across the state.

Under cross examination, when asked to reconcile the seeming contradiction between his claim that the results were already collated before he got to the collation centre and his deposition that he observed when the figures were being tendered, the witness said: “They were merely announcing the results to the hearing of people present.”

When asked if he visited the polling units in the state as the state collation officer for the PDP, he said: “I could not have visited the polling units because of the peculiar security challenges in Borno State.”

However, Prosecution Witness 21, Jafaru Usman, who served as the PDP’s local government collation agent for Zaria, Kaduna State, told the Tribunal that results in his area were rigged in favour of the APC.

But the witness, who is a lawyer, said he signed the Form EC8C, the local government area result sheets, not as authentication of what was contained in it, but as a mere witness.

Under cross-examination, Usman said the polling unit results contained in Forms EC8A ought to be transmitted to the ward result sheets, Forms EC8B, and then transmitted to Form EC8C, which is the local government result sheet, but that was not the case in his area.

“The correct results were not transmitted,” Usman said.

But when asked if he signed the Form EC8C, he said: “I signed in line with the provision of the Electoral Act.

“I signed it, but I did not authenticate what was contained in it. I only signed as a witness in line with the Electoral Act.

“What I signed was not a contract.

“All those who were in attendance were required to sign in line with Electoral Act.”

Asked if any of those who perpetrated the rigging were convicted in court, he said, “I made complaints, they did nothing.”

Prosecution Witness 24, John Makama, who served as the PDP’s collation agent in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, in his own testimony, said the results of the poll in the stronghold of his party were cancelled by INEC officials.

He alleged in his evidence-in-chief that the election in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State was marred by illegal cancellation of votes.

Under cross-examination by the respondents’ counsel, Makama said the results were cancelled in his presence at the local government collation centre by the INEC’s local government collation officer and not at the polling units where the election took place.

He said: “It is an aberration that results from wards and polling units were cancelled.

“The election held at the polling units, but the cancellations happened at the local government collation centre.

“The results from the petitioners’ stronghold were illegally cancelled. It is an open fact that political parties have stronghold where they are dominant.”

He said of the 11 wards in Sanga Local Government Area, the APC was only strong in three.

Still under cross examination, Makama could not find an answer when told that cancellation of results in Sanga Local Government Area was not part of the case presented by the petitioners in their petition.

Other witnesses are Major Yahaya Sikko, Dr. AbdulRaman Usman, Khalid Yelwa Kugo and Adam Ali Sanni.

Sikko, in his evidence-in-chief on the alleged election malpractices in Kaduna State, told the tribunal that wrong figures were accredited to Buhari and APC, making him to refuse to sign the result sheet as required by law.

The witness told the tribunal that in his presence results were doctored by APC agents with full backing of security personnel.

Answering a question from Buhari’s counsel, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the witness said that he protested against the wrongdoings at the collation centre, but was ignored.

He, however, admitted that accreditation was done by smart card reader.

Dr. AbdulRaman Usman, in his own testimony, alleged that form EC8A were not made available to agents of the petitioners as required by law and thereby making him not to sign form EC8C being the result for Kaduna North Local Government because of his objection to the wrongful entries made for the APC.

Also testifying, Adams Ali Sanni admitted that he did not sign results sheets as agents of the petitioners because results were altered in his presence while votes cast for Atiku and PDP were reduced also in his presence.

He alleged that apart from unlawful cancellation of results, PDP agents were chased away by thugs loyal to the APC to allow free falsification of results in favour of Buhari.

Another witness from Bauchi State, Yau Yusuf, in attesting to claim of rigging, harassment and intimidation of voters, said election results was torn by a particular agent of the APC in the presence of INEC officials at INEC headquarters and yet nothing was done.

He claimed that the results announced by INEC were a reproduced copy, adding that the police took the torn copy with a promise to prosecute the perpetrator.

The petitioners at yesterday’s hearing called seven witnesses, increasing the number of witnesses called so far to 28.

The tribunal has adjourned till today for continuation of hearing.

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Buhari directs military, paramilitary, hospitals to source uniforms from local textile firms

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Military and paramilitary institutions, including hospitals henceforth must source official uniforms of their personnel from the local textile firms in line with the dictate of Executive Order 3.

This was the directive of President Muhammdu Buhari as disclosed yesterday by the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele.

Emefiele stated this during a meeting with Service Chiefs and heads of paramilitary agencies as part of efforts to revamp textile and garment industries from total collapse.

The CBN governor said he called for the meeting based on information that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have not made any significant order for uniforms or clothing materials from Nigerian textile manufacturers and garment companies.

“We have put in place necessary mechanisms to ensure use of high yielding varieties that will produce top quality fabrics and those that can compete in the international market.

“We have also observed that our textile factories are carrying huge quantities of unsold stock while our garment factories are idle due to lack of local patronage. We are optimistic that with your support, this trend can be reversed.

“We have the mandate of Mr. President to ensure that all uniformed services and theatre wears in hospitals and medical facilities be sourced locally from the Nigerian CTG sector. “

To ensure the success of the Presidential Order, he said the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has been notified to enforce compliance among MDAs.

“Our model in achieving this presidential directive is to facilitate long term contracts (five years or more) with our textile and garment factories to produce uniforms for our armed forces and uniform services using local fabrics and textile materials.

“We are not naive of the fact that the nature of your jobs will warrant special quality and security around the production of your wares.

“My team will work with your nominees toward ensuring requisite quality and security associated with your uniforms.

“Your nominees will also join our team to inspect the various textiles and garment factories to ensure their readiness to be engaged on long term contracts to forestall breaches.

“We shall work out payment terms that fit budget releases for uniforms for various organisations,” he added.

Yesterday’s meeting of CBN governor with top officials of military and para-military and stakeholders in textile industry was a continuation of similar one held months ago designed to revive Nigerian textile industry through enforcement of Executive Order 003 on Support of Local Content in Procurement by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government.

The CBN governor said the bank has secured backing of the president in its quest to revive cotton, textile and garment (CTG) industry.

He said the priority placed on the sector was hinged on the conviction that it has the capacity to transform Nigeria’s rural economy and revive the textile and garment industries by creating over two million jobs; improve internal revenue across three tiers of government, and reduce $4 billion import bill incurred annually on textile and apparel.

“This event symbolizes our commitment to attain self-sufficiency in cotton production with a view to serving the textile and garment segments of the value chain with quality inputs as we target zero importation by the year 2020. I have been holding meetings with the CTG sector stakeholders toward reviving Nigeria’s textile sector.

“We analysed the huge potentials that exist in the sector, identified the challenges militating against the sector’s contribution to Nigeria’s growth and development and presented quick wins for reviving the sector.

“Crucial to this resolve is the call for patriotism and the need to support local manufacturers of textile through patronage by MDAs as entrenched in Executive Order 003.

“Mr. President has directed full compliance with this Order as it will help in addressing the pressure on our foreign reserves through demands for forex for the importation of textile and clothing materials,” Emefiele said.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, represented by Major-General Joel Onigbe, Buratai said the Army has been sourcing its uniform locally since 2015.

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Buhari lauds private sector support for poor Nigerians

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday commended the Chanrai family for their commitment to the development of Nigeria through long-term investments, and humanitarian services, providing free health services to the underprivileged.

The President stated this yesterday at the commissioning of the Tulsi Chanrai Hospital in Abuja.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, in a statement, quoted Buhari as saying that the family’s investments in the country since Nigeria’s independence clearly showed a dedication to the wellbeing of Nigerians, especially by channeling resources into making life better for many, mostly the poor.

He said: “I am very pleased to note their contribution to check and prevent avoidable blindness by restoring the vision of more than 120,000 Nigerians, free of charge. These services will now be enhanced with this state of the art hospital in the heart of Nigeria,’’ he said.

Buhari said the Chanrai family was initially involved in trading and industrial manufacturing, with plants in various parts of the country, engaging in processing, and has branched into humanitarian activities.

“The vision of the Tulsi Chanrai Foundation is to ‘build a healthy Nigeria’. Since its inception, the Foundation has been instrumental in implementing several projects related to Primary Health Care, Eye Care and Safe drinking water, throughout the country.

“In addition, I am informed that the foundation is engaged in rehabilitation of boreholes program across Nigeria, covering 32 states. So far, they have rehabilitated more than 7,000 boreholes providing safe drinking water to more than three million Nigerians,’’ the President added.    

In his remarks, Mr Jagdish Chanrai, Chairman Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, said more than 60 per cent of services will be targeted at the poor, especially in restoring sight and correcting defects, noting that the hospital, which commenced services in January, had attended to 6, 400 patients and performed over 1,000 eye surgeries, with 850 of them provided free.

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Rape: Aisha Buhari wants stakeholders to step up fight

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The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has stressed on the need for relevant stakeholders’ especially the Police to get involved in tackling rape cases in the society.

The first lady expressed the view through her tweeter handle (@aishambuhari) on Wednesday in Abuja.

She called on the Inspector General of Police and other stakeholders to ensure that stiffer penalties were meted on perpetrators of rape, especially on those who are fond of raping minors.

The message read, #IGofPolice, #EveryoneGetInvolved, #SayNoToRape. She tweeted.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mrs Buhari had sometime in May 2017, visited a six-month-old baby at the Malam Aminu Kano, teaching Hospital, who was allegedly raped by a 30-year-old Mukhtar Muhammad.

She described the rape case as man’s inhumanity to man.

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Election Tribunal: INEC Staff Raises Alarm over Threat to Life

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Counsel to Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Barrister Ifeoluwa, has alerted the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, that INEC staff are complaining of threat to life from persons suspected to be agents of Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Senator Godswill Akpabio is at the tribunal challenging the election that produced Senator Chris Ekpenyong as representative of Akwa Ibom Northwest Senatorial District. It was further alleged that this might be another ploy by Senator Godswill Akpabio and his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, to relocate the tribunal to Abuja, after several failed attempts.

Counsel to INEC reported to the tribunal that INEC staff are scared of testifying following a possible threat to life and invasion of their privavcy by one Anietie Ekong, media aide to Senator Akpabio, who circulated pictures of witnesses taken inside the court room on social media. He presented an evidence of the post to the tribunal.

In a swift reaction, Sunday Ameh, Counsel to Senator Akpabio defended the aide, claiming that technology could have been used to juxtapose the witness’ picture on the tribunal background. He attempted to insinuate bias, noting that the Tribunal did nothing earlier on when his witness complained of threat to life.

The Tribunal rebuked Ameh for suggesting bias and reminded him that he did not bring any evidence to proof his witness’ claim.

The tribunal expressed displeasure that Ameh raised his voice at the Tribunal.

Senator Akpabio’s Media Aide Anietie Ekong, had previously testified in the tribunal with video recordings at variance to the case at hand, has been accused of abusing tribunal process by taking snapshots of defense witnesses in the witness dock, and sharing to APC supporters on social media across the state.

The two witnesses including Elizabeth Usen, an INEC staff who testified to the thuggery and banditary in Essien Udim LGA during the elections, have been marked and their pictures are currently in circulation across the closed groups of the APC and the social media space.

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Travelstart Launches Third Annual Summer Flight Sale Promo 

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Summer 2019 has begun and Travelstart is celebrating with a week of amazing deals.

From Monday the 1st of July – Sunday the 7th, Africa’s largest online travel agency is offering the best available prices on flights to a number of destinations, for a limited time period. Customers will be able to fly return to Johannesburg from N99,999 or even London on Ethiopian Airlines for as low as N214,999 economy return. Local flights are not left out of the promo as flights from Abuja to Lagos or Port Harcourt to Lagos are under N15,000 for a one way trip. All flights can be booked on the website www.travelstart.com.ng

Since 2012, Travelstart has provided cheap flights for Nigerian travelers to more than 11,000 destinations on more than 500 airlines. During this special week, the easy to use Travelstart website will provide the best available prices in the market. Commercial Manager of Travelstart Nigeria, Bukky Akomolafe stated “at Travelstart, we understand how expensive summer travel can be. Our aim, as the solution provider, is to make it cheaper and so we have worked with our airline partners to source the cheapest flight prices for travel during July and August 2019. We believe that every customer that wants to travel this summer should be able to afford to do so to create those life long summer memories.

With Travelstart, intending travellers no longer have to sit through traffic to get a flight quote, search the market tirelessly or wait for a call to get a price. Instead customers just visit the website www.travelstart.com.ng search, compare and pay securely online. By making the flight buying process easier, cheaper and more secure, Travelstart customers are able to spend the rest of their time on other more important activities.

With local flights as low as N15,000 and international return flights from N99,999, the third annual Travelstart Summer Flight Sale is bringing savings from a wide selection of destinations this holiday period. Customers can depart from Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt to enjoy the savings. Promo ends at 8pm on 7 July 2019, terms and conditions apply. Book now on the website at www.travelstart.com.ng before it ends!

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Summer 2019 has begun and Travelstart is celebrating with a week of amazing deals.

From Monday the 1st of July – Sunday the 7th, Africa’s largest online travel agency is offering the best available prices on flights to a number of destinations, for a limited time period. Customers will be able to fly return to Johannesburg from N99,999 or even London on Ethiopian Airlines for as low as N214,999 economy return. Local flights are not left out of the promo as flights from Abuja to Lagos or Port Harcourt to Lagos are under N15,000 for a one way trip. All flights can be booked on the website www.travelstart.com.ng

Since 2012, Travelstart has provided cheap flights for Nigerian travelers to more than 11,000 destinations on more than 500 airlines. During this special week, the easy to use Travelstart website will provide the best available prices in the market. Commercial Manager of Travelstart Nigeria, Bukky Akomolafe stated “at Travelstart, we understand how expensive summer travel can be. Our aim, as the solution provider, is to make it cheaper and so we have worked with our airline partners to source the cheapest flight prices for travel during July and August 2019. We believe that every customer that wants to travel this summer should be able to afford to do so to create those life long summer memories.

With Travelstart, intending travellers no longer have to sit through traffic to get a flight quote, search the market tirelessly or wait for a call to get a price. Instead customers just visit the website www.travelstart.com.ng search, compare and pay securely online. By making the flight buying process easier, cheaper and more secure, Travelstart customers are able to spend the rest of their time on other more important activities.

With local flights as low as N15,000 and international return flights from N99,999, the third annual Travelstart Summer Flight Sale is bringing savings from a wide selection of destinations this holiday period. Customers can depart from Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt to enjoy the savings. Promo ends at 8pm on 7 July 2019, terms and conditions apply. Book now on the website at www.travelstart.com.ng before it ends!

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Travelstart Launches Third Annual Summer Flight Sale Promo 

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Travelstart Launches Third Annual Summer Flight Sale Promo 

Summer 2019 has begun and Travelstart is celebrating with a week of amazing deals.

From Monday the 1st of July – Sunday the 7th, Africa’s largest online travel agency is offering the best available prices on flights to a number of destinations, for a limited time period. Customers will be able to fly return to Johannesburg from N99,999 or even London on Ethiopian Airlines for as low as N214,999 economy return. Local flights are not left out of the promo as flights from Abuja to Lagos or Port Harcourt to Lagos are under N15,000 for a one way trip. All flights can be booked on the website www.travelstart.com.ng

Since 2012, Travelstart has provided cheap flights for Nigerian travelers to more than 11,000 destinations on more than 500 airlines. During this special week, the easy to use Travelstart website will provide the best available prices in the market. Commercial Manager of Travelstart Nigeria, Bukky Akomolafe stated “at Travelstart, we understand how expensive summer travel can be. Our aim, as the solution provider, is to make it cheaper and so we have worked with our airline partners to source the cheapest flight prices for travel during July and August 2019. We believe that every customer that wants to travel this summer should be able to afford to do so to create those life long summer memories.

With Travelstart, intending travellers no longer have to sit through traffic to get a flight quote, search the market tirelessly or wait for a call to get a price. Instead customers just visit the website www.travelstart.com.ng search, compare and pay securely online. By making the flight buying process easier, cheaper and more secure, Travelstart customers are able to spend the rest of their time on other more important activities.

With local flights as low as N15,000 and international return flights from N99,999, the third annual Travelstart Summer Flight Sale is bringing savings from a wide selection of destinations this holiday period. Customers can depart from Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt to enjoy the savings. Promo ends at 8pm on 7 July 2019, terms and conditions apply. Book now on the website at www.travelstart.com.ng before it ends!

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Akwa Ibom: APC thugs abducted us for 10 hours – INEC officials

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Senator Godswill Akpabio today watched as an INEC returning officer for Ekpenyong Ward 1 in Essien Udim local government area, Ammba Ammba, revealed the harrowing experience of INEC officials in the hands of APC armed thugs during the February Presidential and National Assembly Elections.

At the ongoing National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Uyo, Ammba in an emotional tone, narrated that he and some of his colleagues were abducted by heavily armed thugs to a compound where there was no network and kept for a long period under very harsh conditions by the former governor’s armed men.

He added that Presiding Officers were kept in captivity between the hours of 8:00am and 6:30pm, where they were forced to thumbprint and write results in favour of Senator Akpabio in Essien Udim.

The incumbent Senator Ekpenyong was absent during the session as he was said to be attending plenary in Abuja.

Ammba who appeared for the defense team as DW3 after being subpoenaed to tribunal, tendered his report of the 2019 general election dated 23/02/2019 to be used as an evidence with his deposition.

Under re-examination by the INEC Counsel Ifeoluwa, Ammba explained that the reports signed by polling officials marked as P445-P449 were written at gunpoint while under captivity of Senator Akpabio’s armed bandits.
Ifeoluwa: “Look at Exhibits P445-P459. From your reports, these results were written under threat to lives of Presiding Officers in your ward. Is that so? ”

Ammba: “That’s correct my Lord”

Ifeoluwa: “On the first page, you’d see Ekpenyong 1 is listed as one of the wards affected by the cancellation. Am I correct?”

Ammba: “That’s correct My Lord”

Ifeoluwa: “Open the second page all 15 polling units in Ekpenyong 1 are listed in Exhibit R352A. Is that not so?”
Ammba: “That’s correct”

The INEC official also explained that the voter’s registers used for the elections had on them, the date they were printed, being Saturday, January 12, 2019.

“These registers were printed before the Presidential and National Assembly Elections,” Ifeoluwa asked?
“That’s correct my Lord” Ammba replied.

Ifeoluwa: “So I’d also be correct to say that these were the registers that were distributed and used during the elections?”
Ammba: “That’s correct my Lord”
Relying on the voter’s register marked as R40-R55, Ifeoluwa extracted from the witness, an affirmation that the boxes meant to be ticked as an indication of accreditation, were not actually ticked.
Ifeoluwa: “Please look at the Exhibits again and confirm that there are no tickings on the boxes for accreditation for Presidential and National Assembly Elections”.

“I can confirm that there are no tickings for accreditation for Presidential and National Assembly Elections” – Ammba

Ifeoluwa: “I put it to you that since there are no tickings for accreditation on voter’s registers, it means there was no accreditaion”

Ammba: “That’s correct my Lord”
Ifeoluwa: “Because of this lack of accreditation, that’s why the 15 polling units in your ward were cancelled. Is that so? ”
Ammba: “Yes my Lord”

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Group Lashes Akpabio for presenting Hearsay Evidence in Tribunal

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A socio-political group, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement based in Uyo, has lashed at Senator Godswill Akpabio for basing his burden of proof on hearsay evidence at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Uyo.

In a release signed by the acting Secretary of the group, Solomon Abasiekong Esq. the group said, all witnesses presented by Akpabio at the tribunal – himself inclusive – have admitted to basing their depositions primarily on hearsays not what they witnessed themselves.

“They conveniently relied on secondary sources of information to testify about the conduct of elections in polling units yet they insist the imaginary results which they can not prove favoured Akpabio.”
The group revealed that from cross examination of Akpabio’s witnesses in court, over 85% of those Akpabio presented as party agents were actually impostors, their names are not on the list of INEC accredited party agents.

He noted that one of them, Cletus Udo Akpan, admitted on oath that he was neither an accredited voter nor a witness to events of that fateful election.

“During cross examined, Sen. Akpabio fell foul to the false information he gave on oath to a Federal High Court in Abuja, in his bid to secure an order to stop the presentation of certificate of return to Senator Chris Ekpenyong.

“In that affidavit, Akpabio claimed that he had 65,000 votes, which is clearly above the authentic 61,329 on INEC result sheet, which Akpabio now claims are his.

“The salient questions begging answers are: Is lying on oath no longer a punishable offence in Nigerian law? Where did Akpabio get that bogus figure he swore an affidavit for? Shouldn’t he be asked how he arrived at that bogus figure, when he won in only two LGAs out of 10?”

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AKWA IBOM LIBERATION MOVEMENT, AILM

Motto: Together We shall Liberate Akwa-abasi Ibom State
No. 365 Oron Road, Uyo
Monday July 1, 2019

PRESS STATEMENT

Facts Nigerians Should Note Before Akpabio Deceives Them With Propaganda

We have watched in bemused silence the comedy that is currently being acted by the immediate past senator that represented Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio and his caravan of comedians at the ongoing National Assembly Tribunal, holding in Uyo. As a former governor, who supritendented over the vast financial resources of Akwa Ibom State for eight years, he has the wherewithal to hire buses of comedians and claquers across the State to fill the tribunal venue for whatever purposes that may serve him.

However, Akpabio’s struggle with acting the role of a victim at court is nauseating and repugnant especially to those voters, electoral officials and the vast majority of Akwa Ibom people who are traumatized by the widely reported violence Akpabio perpetrated during the February 23 National Assembly election in Akwa Ibom North West. Those who were abducted, molested and maimed by Akpabio’s thugs in security uniform are seeking justice. As such, we will not allow him to deceive unsuspecting Nigerians with propaganda when the obvious facts are that:

1. Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio lost the 2019 Senatorial Election in Akwa Ibom North West to Senator Christopher Ekpenyong in 8 out of 10 Local Government Areas. He is only contesting the results of his own Local Government- Essien Udim, where the bogus results he produced are at variance with the official results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

2. The results produced by Akpabio for Essien Udim Local Government Area have total votes which exceed the figure of accredited voters by over 500 percent. Where in the entire sane world does this happen?

3. Akpabio claims his bogus results were collated at local government level, but he has failed to back them up with unit results, which should have formed the basis of the collation. It is clear that such results do not exist for units wherein election materials were seized by his political thugs after molestation and abduction of INEC officials. If such results existed, his agents from the various units would have since produced copies and presented same before the tribunal. They failed to do so because no such results exist.

4. Akpabio presented a video in court which was very instructive for what it failed to disclose. First, the video did not show the date and time the recording was made. Second, the video only showed Akpabio and his wife voting amidst fanfare. Third, there was no record of accreditation or anybody else voting. Fourth, at some point in the video, Akpabio wore a long sleeve shirt but voted with a short sleeve shirt- a clear indication that the undated video was doctored. Fifth, the video did not show where votes were counted and results announced and copies given to party agents – an indication that the election did not hold.

5. All witnesses presented by Akpabio at the tribunal – himself inclusive – have admitted to basing their depositions primarily on hearsays not what they witnessed themselves. They conveniently relied on secondary sources of information to testify about the conduct of elections in polling units yet they insist the imaginary results which they can not prove favoured Akpabio. Furthermore, from cross examination of Akpabio’s witnesses in court, over 85% of those Akpabio presented as party agents were actually impostors, their names are not on the list of INEC accredited party agents. One of them, Cletus UdoAkpan, admitted on oath that he was neither an accredited voter nor a witness to events of that fateful election.

6. During cross examination, Sen. Akpabio fell foul to the false information he gave on oath to a Federal High Court in Abuja, in his bid to secure an order to stop the presentation of certificate of return to Senator Chris Ekpenyong. In that affidavit, Akpabio claimed that he had 65,000 votes, which is clearly above the authentic 61,329 on INEC result sheet, which Akpabio now claims are his. The salient questions begging answers are: Is lying on oath no longer a punishable offence in Nigerian law? Where did Akpabio get that bogus figure he swore an affidavit for? Shouldn’t he be asked how he arrived at that bogus figure, when he won in only two LGAs out of 10?

7. While we sympathize with the out-gone senator for finding it difficult to manage his post-power stress (PPS), we advise him to seek medical attention rather than sink further into delusion by orchestrating the circus witnessed before, during and after tribunal sessions. He has completed the presentation of his witnesses and the facts have been established. As the tribunal reconvenes, he should spare the tribunal and reasonable citizens watching the proceedings his idiosyncrasies. They have had a belly full these past days and can not stand them any further. We think that if Akpabio’s claquers love him that much, they should be paying their fare to the tribunal not lending themselves for hire for a paltry N1,000 per sitting.

As a lawyer Senator Akpabio should conduct himself with decorum, and respects the court. Casting aspersions on individuals and disparaging INEC on pages of newspapers and on social media, on a matter that is before the tribunal is unbecoming of a lawyer who was well trained. Akpabio is not the only senator who failed a re-election. There is nothing special about his case. If others who failed their elections (many of whom are also at the tribunal), have conducted themselves with decorum and dignity, then Akpabio should be called to order. His puerile behaviour and antics must stop henceforth.

8. Akpabio should be advised to stop maligning the Akwa Ibom INEC REC, Barrister Mike Igini and bringing the institution of INEC to public ridicule. He is already in court and should adduce evidence to support the bogus results he produced for his Local Government Area after he failed the elections in 8 out of 10 LGAS. He should explain how he produced the results when there was no accreditation and voting in the polling units in question.

In the meantime, while watching with cautious calm the tribunal proceedings, we appeal to the legally elected senator representating Akwa Ibom North West, Senator Chris Ekpenyong, not to react in like manner to abuses and insults hurled at his person and office by Akpabio’s hirelings, because “two wrongs can not make a right.” We implore every stakeholder in the senatorial district to keep calm and allow the tribunal to continue in peace without further distractions, so that at the end justice will be done.

God bless Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.

God bless Akwa Ibom State.

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Signed:

Solomon Abasiekong Esq.

Acting Secretary General.

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